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DSA to grow electrochemically active biofilms of Geobacter sulfurreducens

Dumas, Claire and Basséguy, Régine and Bergel, Alain DSA to grow electrochemically active biofilms of Geobacter sulfurreducens. (2007) Electrochimica Acta, 5 (7). 3200-3209. ISSN 0013-4686

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.electacta.2007.10.066


Biofilms of Geobacter sulfurreducens were grown on graphite and on dimensionally stable anodes (DSA) in medium that did not contain any soluble electron acceptor. Several working electrodes were individually addressed and placed in the same reactor to compare their electrochemical behaviour in exactly the same biochemical conditions. Under constant polarization at 0.20Vversus Ag/AgCl, the electrodes were able progressively to oxidize acetate (5 mM), and average current densities around 5Am−2 and 8Am−2 were sustained for days on DSA and graphite, respectively. Removing the biofilm from the electrodes led the current to zero, while changing the medium by fresh one did not disturb the current when contact to air was avoided. This confirmed that the biofilm was fully responsible for the electro-catalysis of acetate oxidation and the current was not due to the accumulation of compounds in the bulk. Cyclic voltammetries performed during chronoamperometry indicated that the oxidation started above 0.05V versus Ag/AgCl. The difference in maximal current values obtained with DSA and graphite was not linked to the biofilm coverage ratios, which were of the same order of magnitude in the range of 62–78%. On the contrary, the difference in maximal current values matched the ratio of the average surface roughness of the materials, 5.6 m and 3.2 m for graphite and DSA, respectively.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/00134686
Audience (journal):International peer-reviewed journal
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Institution:Université de Toulouse > Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse - Toulouse INP (FRANCE)
Université de Toulouse > Université Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier - UT3 (FRANCE)
French research institutions > Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - CNRS (FRANCE)
Laboratory name:
Laboratoire de Génie Chimique - LGC (Toulouse, France) - Bioprocédés et systèmes microbiens (BioSyM)
French Research Ministry - European Union
Deposited On:01 Feb 2008 16:14

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